The Van Horne Institute is recognized within Canada and internationally as a leading institute of public policy, education, and research in transportation, supply chain and logistics, and regulated industries.
The Van Horne Institute assists industry, government, and the public in addressing issues affecting transportation, supply chain management and logistics and regulated industries that are relevant to the well-being and growth of industry and commerce.
Efficient and low-cost supply chain and logistics services are essential to both industry and the public in our geographically large country, so the evolution of sound industrial strategy, public policy, and progressive legislation and regulations are increasing in importance as business moves further towards globalization. Industry needs to be innovative to compete. One of the key success drivers for the Institute is the development of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Supply Chain Management and Logistics.
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Corrie Banks is a supply chain costing and solution design expert with 19 years of experience implementing technology and supply chain efficiency projects. Corrie has worked for Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions and Parmalat Canada with a progressive career starting as administrative assistant to Mid-Senior Management to President of Triskele Logistics. Corrie is the Vice-Chair of the Calgary Logistics Council and is leading the Calgary Region Inland Port Strategy on their behalf. In her role as President of Triskele Logistics Corrie is leading a Federally funded project for the Van Horne Institute called “Building Inclusive Workplaces”.
Corrie has managed $25M transportation budget including fleet, warehouse, and 3rd party freight carriers. While at Canadian Pacific Corrie created statistical analysis systems for Mechanical Services, managed IT projects for Customer Service, and managed many aspects of Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions including 3rd party logistics for a large CPG company, a large alcohol producer and steel pipe manufacturer. Her technical, analytical and operations management experience has resulted in ~7% annual cost reductions year over year for the organizations that she has worked with.
Corrie has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Athabasca, a white belt in Lean Manufacturing and a green belt in Six Sigma. Corrie is a member of the Van Horne Institute Women In Supply Chain steering committee, a project advisory member for the Van Horne Youth In Supply Chain project, a working group member for the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council – Supply Chain Links Part II: Connector project, and a member of the management program advisory committee for SAIT. She is passionate about people, getting involved in helping others and supporting them in their career development.
Siobhan started her supply chain career in small business in 1986. Her responsibilities since then have included inventory management, transportation, sales, accounting, project management, procurement, strategic sourcing and category management. She spent 10 years in the B.C. forest industry and moved to the Oil & Gas industry in 2004. Siobhan held a wide variety of positions in her 10 years in the Oil & Gas industry including accountability for Corporate Social Responsibility, project accounting, and upstream, offshore and international production and global oil field services supply chain management. Her career progression has offered a unique opportunity to combine expertise in Supply Chain Management with in-depth knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility. At Sanjel Siobhan leads a team of supply chain professionals accountable for all category management, contracting, procurement, materials management, and logistics for a large, diverse and revenue critical spend.
Siobhan holds an MBA from European University, Brussels, a BComm from Dalhousie University, and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Siobhan is passionate about supply chain as a career and diversity in the workplace. She has been a speaker at many related conferences including SCMA Alberta, Canadian Institute Supply Chain forum, BC Supply Chain Council, Canadian Institute Women’s Leadership Forum, and Women in Supply Chain. Siobhan has also served on many not-for-profit boards including Volunteer Calgary, Killarney Syncro Swim Club, Prince George Business & Professional Women’s Network and the Famous 5 Foundation.
Cindy Clark is the Dealer Principal of Sterling Western Star Trucks Alberta, a heavy duty truck dealership. She is also the President of South Side Frame and Alignment a specialty repair and full collision facility for commercial vehicles.
Cindy’s background includes owning her own automotive and heavy duty parts store prior to her position at Sterling Western Star Trucks. She has been associated with the Asia Pacific Gateway, Accelerator Project through her involvement with the Calgary Logistics Council. Cindy sits on various boards and committees which include the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council and is the Past President of the Calgary Motor Vehicle Association. She is active in Women’s initiatives and the Automotive, Truck, Supply Chain and Logistics industries and is working with the Calgary School Boards to introduce youth to the multiple opportunities in the heavy truck industry.
Cindy received her under-graduate degree from the University of Alberta and her Masters of Management from the University of Phoenix. She has also completed the National Automotive Dealers Association/American Truck Dealers Dealer Candidate Academy in McLean, Virginia.
Cindy enjoys golf and skiing. She is a proud single mother of a successful young man who graduated from Duke University in North Carolina. His adventures afford her the opportunity to explore the world and challenge herself both personally and professionally.
Linda Comand joined Enbridge in August, 2013. She is the Senior Director, Network Logistics Services in the Customer Service department. In this position, she leads the teams responsible for Network Logistics and Service Delivery.
Prior to joining Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Linda spent over 20 years in the railway industry with experience in a broad range of areas including Mechanical Operations, Asset Management, Information Technology, Business Performance, and Customer Service.
Linda is also a member of the SAIT Petroleum Engineering Technology Advisory Committee. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.
On January 1, 2001, Dr. Deborah Hurst joined the Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University as Associate Professor of Organizational Theory and Behaviour. Her work is a balance of applied and academic research drawing from a diverse background in her pursuit of a specialization in cultural organizational change. Deborah’s research goal is to improve the human experience of work through a better understanding of organizational change and the cultural aspects of organizations.
Deborah obtained her BA from the University of Toronto, and her MA and PhD from the University of Alberta. Prior to obtaining her graduate level education, she worked for 10 years at General Motors of Canada Limited in various roles located within the departments of Transportation Analysis, Material Control, Parts Distribution, Export Operations and Personnel. During her MA degree studies, Deborah worked for the non-profit, Edmonton Social Planning Council and later between her MA and PhD, for the Alberta Public Service as a Human Resources professional and manager over a 4 year period. These private, non-profit and public sector organizational experiences inform her research and teaching.
Deborah’s academic teaching background is also varied. She taught for the School of Business, Acadia University between September, 1997 and December 2000. Previous to this, she taught for the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland (1995-1996), and for the University of Alberta in the Departments of Sociology and Faculty of Business (1992-1995, 1996-1997). Deborah has been associated with Athabasca University, Centre for Innovative Management in various roles since 1995. Her activities have grown over the years and include academic coaching, course management, applied projects supervision, course development, and research. In her current Faculty member role, she specializes in the areas of Organizational Change, Theory and Analysis, Learning Organization and Managing Diversity. She is currently working to develop new distance materials for electives in Virtual Team Development and Leading Change and to strengthen the research output at CIM.
Reg Johnston is an independent consultant and a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He also has a Marketing Management Certificate from York University and a Certificate of Economic Development from Waterloo University. Mr. Johnston was previously Director of Business Development (Logistics) at the Calgary Airport Authority, Business Development Manager (Logistics) at Calgary Economic Development and Logistics Analysis Advisor at Canadian Pacific Logistics Solutions, a division of Canadian Pacific Railway. He has designed optimal supply chain networks, helped to attract transportation and logistics companies to Calgary and helped in the development of an airport based logistics trade park, and a rail based multi-modal trade park.
Kevin Maynard joined the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council as Executive Director in June 2006. Kevin leads an enthusiastic team of staff members, project managers and consultants. Responding in 2013 to the loss of sustaining funding, Kevin and the team reimagined the Council: Today it operates as a virtual organization, with a committed team working on a number of projects supporting HR development in the supply chain sector.
Kevin currently sits as a Governor of the Canadian Career Development Foundation and as a member of several program advisory committees at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Kevin also works as a consultant for the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, delivering financial literacy workshops to educators, students, newcomers and older adults. In his spare time (at least in the warm-weather months), Kevin is an avid competitive sailor. He lives in Clarkson, Ontario.
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Michelle started her career in transportation in 1996 the family trucking companies, Calac and Tri-Cal Trucking Ltd. These companies hauled exclusively for Loblaw’s servicing all outbound loads to stores within Western Canada, as well as inbound produce loads from the US. She started as a dispatcher and then continued to move throughout the company eventually becoming the Operations Manager in 2006. In 2008 the company was sold to CPX and she continued there until she was approached to join the new Wal-Mart Perishable Distribution Center in Balzac, AB. Michelle started her career with Wal-Mart Logistics as the Transportation Team Leader where she was a key contributor in the start up of the Perishable DC and implementing the computerized routing program. She is now the Transportation Manager for both the perishable and the high velocity distribution sites and continues to improve processes in the transportation side of the business.
Michelle is currently the Vice President of AWBA (Airdrie Women in Business Association). Most recently she has accepted the role of Co-Chair for “Women in Supply Chain” initiative, through the Van Horne Institute.
Bryndis Whitson is the Manager of Strategic Development and Member Relations at the Van Horne Institute, which is recognized within Canada and internationally as a North American leader in education and public policy research in transportation, supply chain management, logistics, and regulated industries. She oversees marketing and communications initiatives, conferences and events, and stakeholder relationship strategies at the Institute.
Bryndis joined the Van Horne Institute in August 2011. Before the Van Horne, she worked at the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), the Senate of Canada, and the City of Calgary. In 2010, Bryndis was named one of the Top 20 Compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald and was proud when her 2009 youth education program was recognized in the top 3 in the country by the Donner Foundation, in assistance with the Fraser Institute.
Bryndis holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Geography, and Political Science with an equivalent minor in Transportation from the University of Calgary. She sits on the boards for the National Women’s Commission, the Canadian Club of Calgary, and Equal Voice Alberta South, volunteers in the Calgary community, with organizations, such as Girl Guides of Canada, and is a Calgary Stampeders Season Ticket Holder.
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CN is a leader in the North American rail industry. Following its acquisition of Illinois Central in 1999, WC in 2001 and GLT in 2004, as well as its partnership agreement with BC Rail in 2004, CN provides shippers with more options and greater reach in the rapidly expanding market for north-south trade.
They are a more efficient railroad. CN has one of the best operating ratios in this industry and is committed to moving more freight, more quickly and with fewer assets.
They are a more connected railroad. CN is the only railroad which crosses the continent east-west and north-south, serving ports on the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts while linking customers to all three NAFTA nations.
They are a more diverse railroad. CN revenues derive from the movement of a diversified and balanced portfolio of goods including petroleum and chemicals, grain and fertilizers, coal, metals and minerals, forest products, intermodal and automotive.
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ELLE and Associates is dedicated to building the capacity of people and organizations through collaborative partnerships and strategic business initiatives.
The supply chain is one of the most essential sectors of the Canadian economy, involving about 767,000 workers from a range of occupations and industries. The success of this sector in meeting its human resources and labour-market challenges has the potential to positively influence the future of Canada, and the quality of life that we all enjoy.
The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) works with employers, supply chain-related associations, governments and individuals working in the supply chain to identify and meet the sector’s HR challenges.